8. Georgia

The Peach State’s workforce and infrastructure are the cream of the crop, but quality of life can be fuzzy.

Top States Georgia
Source: George Kavallines
2016 Rank
2015 Rank
Workforce 267 7 3
Cost of Doing Business 164 31 32
Infrastructure 231 4 2
Economy 238 9 4
Quality of Life 138 37 36 (Tie)
Technology & Innovation 166 13 16
Education 92 33 29
Business Friendliness 92 14 11 (Tie)
Cost of Living 51 17 16
Access to Capital 45 6 5
Overall 1484 8 5

Economic Profile

Governor: Nathan Deal, Republican

Population: 10,214,860

GDP growth: 2.6 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2016): 5.3 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 6 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 6 percent

Gasoline tax: 49.42 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aaa, stable

Major private employers: Delta Air Lines, Inc., The Coca-Cola Company

Economic profile sources: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federation of Tax Administrators, American Petroleum Institute, Moody's Investor Service, S&P Global Market Intelligence

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